Some tech folks are looking to help! This is rather exciting, really.

In addition, I just read this on Twitter:

San Jose just gave an unrestricted grant of $105,000 to @balletsj ! The emergency funding campaign has $487,000 of $550,000 needed 2 #SV4BSJ

(For those who don’t read hashtags, #SV4BSJ means “Silicon Valley for Ballet San Jose”. I think.)

Have you made your donation yet? If not, start by going here.

… and here are a few events you might consider attending.

Wednesday March 11, City Hall – Arts Commission Meeting 5:30pm
Support Ballet San Jose at City Hall, where the Arts Commission will be meeting to decide if and how much emergency funding to make available to Ballet San Jose. Please come and have your voice be heard; let the city and Arts Commission know how much Ballet San Jose means to you!

Thursday March 12, Brown Bag Open Rehearsal 12:00-1:30pm
Ballet San Jose Studios: 40 N First St, San Jose 95113
Please invite your family and friends to an open rehearsal in our studios on their lunch break! Get to know Ballet San Jose and support our Bridge to the Future Campaign.

Friday March 13, Beer and Ballet 4:00-5:30pm
Ballet San Jose Studios: 40 N First St, San Jose 95113
Please invite your family and friends to join us for beer and ballet, an open rehearsal event to let the public know about our institution in support of our Bridge to the Future Campaign.

Of course you could also consider donating. That would be wonderful. Start by going here.

We don’t want to lose another arts group in our extremely wealthy Silicon Valley. It’s a disgrace that we’ve lost a number already, and even more disgraceful that others are struggling.

Symphony Silicon Valley starts up today, and we’ll be playing a whole lot of Shostakovich:

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor

I look forward to working with Tatsuya Shimono again. I’ve really enjoyed him.

It’s been a long time, it seems, since I’ve been on stage. Time to get my stage legs back again!

Speaking of a long time … this video above is from 1979. The year I graduated from college. I remember seeing and hearing New York Philharmonic at the Concord Pavilion with Dan and a few other friends that same year (June 16, 1979). We heard Mahler 1 then, not Shostakovich. I’m guessing, though, that many of these same musicians were on stage. I was so clueless about names back then — I was too busy enjoying being with my boyfriend. Now I look and see Joe Robinson, Julius Baker, Stanley Drucker … I hadn’t a clue who was up there. Man, I was clueless!

It’s quite cool to see that NYPhil has digital archives and I can find all the info from that, along with programs that enable us to peruse. The program for the concert we attended had an section about Inglenook Wines and the Concord Pavilion and included this shot. I certainly recognize Roy Malan … who are the others. Anyone?

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